The team is cautious with Brook Lopez and his sprained left ankle. The 7-foot, All-Star center sat for a second game on Monday, so Johnson took it upon himself to pick up the slack in a big way.
The 13th-year shooting guard had his biggest offensive outburst as a Net, finishing with a season-high 37 points on 13-for-20 shooting, including 10-for-14 from 3-point range, to go along with seven rebounds and five assists in just 30 minutes of action over the first three quarters.
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The Skinny: Deron Williams drained six three-pointers in the first five minutes to score 18 points on Brooklyn?s 24-2 run to start the game. He later hit his seventh three of the first quarter and scored 23 of the Nets? first 31 points. The Nets led by 24 after the opening frame, as the Wizards shot just 6-of-24 from the field.
The pace slowed down considerably to start the second quarter, but Williams drained his eighth three of the half after reentering. He finally missed from beyond the arc but then started attacking the rim to pick up some points in the paint. He then hit his ninth three of the half to set a new NBA record for made three-pointers in a half, and he set a Nets? franchise record with 12 made field goals in a half. Brooklyn opened a 26-point lead at the break.